The influence of microstructure, strain rate, and test temperature on the tensile properties of 18Ni(350) maraging steel was examined. The strain-rate and temperature dependence of the yield strength is less than that observed in low-strength carbon steels. The results suggest that the thermally activated flow process involves both the by-passing of a linear barrier, i.e., the disruption associated with a dislocation core, and the by-passing of a localized obstacle, the latter being specific to the microstructure being examined. The tensile ductility of aged 18Ni(350) maraging steel also undergoes a ductile-brittle transition. The extent of this ductility loss depends upon the matrix solute content and the presence of either reverted austenite or a highly dislocated substructure.

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